Algarve Portugal - ABRS Conference Break 15th - 19th October 2018

The Algarve in the south of Portugal is well known as a prime destination for holidays: golf, golden beaches, lovely climate and friendly people... and now on this trip a chance to meet some of the equestrian professionals, visit a few horses, open a bottle of wine (or two), soak up the sun....  Would you like to join us?

ABRS member Bev Gibbons has lived in the Algarve since 1972 and has always been involved in tourism and horses, starting the Pinetrees Riding Centre in 1985. A programme has been devised to give you not only a few days holiday but also some interesting demos and you can put it all down to expenses!


Hotel Loulé Jardim, is a comfortable 3-star hotel set in a quiet part of Loulé. This is a charming market town where you can wander safely around the streets, sit at a pavement café and people watch, buy lovely handcrafts such as items made from cork, leather shoes etc.

The hotel has a comfortable bar, and a roof top swimming pool. 

Cost for a single, per night €35.00 (inc. buffet breakfast)

Cost for a double, per night €40.00 for the room (€20.00 per person incs. buffet breakfast)

Outline Programme

Day 1 - Monday, 15th October

Your arrival at Faro airport. Transfers will be organised for you to Loulé.  Meet up at 18.00 for drinks in the bar followed by dinner at a restaurant next to the hotel.

Day 2 - Tuesday 16th October

After breakfast we can take a walk around Loulé town with Bev who will point out the places of interest and some of her favourite hand craft shops, which will help orientate you if you wish to spend more time browsing later in this market town. We proceed to Pinetrees Riding Centre, the first school in Portugal to gain ABRS approval and encourage other schools to follow. Here, we will meet the team and watch some autistic and cerebral palsy riders. There will also be a demo on lunging using a traditional classical method.

You can see a recently published article on Pinetrees here

Meet up in the hotel bar at 18.00 followed by proceeding to a local restaurant at 19.00 for dinner

Day 3 - Wednesday 17th October

After breakfast visit Monte Santa Luzia, the stable of António Reis and Lucia Cabrita.This establishment specialises in show jumping training and doing the national shows with livery clients and their own jumping horses. Lucia has her Level 2 teaching qualification, is a national Judge for Jumping, and a FEI Level 2 course designer and Level I steward. Antonio has had two pupils compete in the European Championship. They will give us a demo on course designing and course walking – weather permitting – which I am sure will be very interesting.  Furthermore, Antonio will be ride the course to show the difference between a young and a more experienced horse.

In the afternoon we take a journey of about 40 minutes to visit the Centro Equestre Lusitanus belonging to Sr. João Pedro Miranda and his wife Íris. The school has now recently relocated to a stud farm with 50 hectares near Albufeira.

His equestrian education was with Sr. Luís Valença (some of you may remember the ABRS visit 2007) and also in the Mafra army school, where he was one of the trainers. Both he and Íris are level 2 qualified Instructors through the Portuguese Equestrian Federation.

As well as competing himself, João Pedro is top national dressage judge, having won the silver medal last year in the national preliminary level on a young horse and in 2016 the silver medal in the level just below Prix St. George on one of his more trained horses.   

They specialise in training horses and riders in dressage and occasionally hold classical dressage displays for the public, complete with traditional costume.

After a tour of the facility João Pedro is going to demonstrate some of his training methods with young horses and the more trained Lusitanos and explain what he feels are important points to consider. They will also perform a Pas de Deux to music in traditional costume and tack.

For an interesting article on Lusitanos.

Dinner will be in the village of Guia, an opportunity to try the delicious bbq chicken, with piri piri if preferred. Dr. Nuno Onofre, one of the Algarve´s principal horse vets, will give us an after dinner talk on life in the Algarve with horses.

Day 4 - Thursday 18th October
Final dinner at a restaurant in Loulé.
Transfers will be organised for you to Faro airport.

We visit Vilamoura, a large tourist resort, and see the international show jumping (4CSI 3*) on the Atlantic Tour at Antonio Moura´s purpose build facilities where more than a thousand quality horses spend a month, either in the Spring or Autumn. These events just ooze money and we will be part of the scene for the Equestrian Jet Set! See

Day 5 - Friday 19th October


Dinner menus of 3 courses have been chosen to reflect local cuisine and there will be a meat, fish and vegetarian option.  If you have any allergies or requests please state on the booking form. Water, and a choice of soft drink, beer or a half bottle of house wine has been included in the price. Each dinner will cost €20 per person. Lunch will be a modest affair and at an additional cost.

  • Costs - (provisional) for a single traveller
  • Hotel 4 nights single room €140.00
  • 4 dinners including some drinks €80.00
  • 3 lunches Tues, Wed, Thurs €40.00
  • Approx. cost of demo and transport €65-€90 dependent on final numbers
  • Approx. cost €350 plus spending money and flight

If you are sharing the room then you are dividing the room costs, which would be €40 x 4 nights = €160,00 ÷ 2 = €80 each.  This would bring the total approx. cost to €290 plus spending and flight.

Additional costs

Flights. Transport costs in the Algarve and demo costs will be determined by the eventual number of participants. The prices above are based on a minimum of 16 people and a maximum of 30, so are somewhat approx. at this stage.  Once we have the final numbers of participants we can give you the correct figure and this can be paid in advance by bank transfer or in cash on arrival.

Procedure, if you are interested

It is very important that you book your flight and hotel room as soon as possible. Aim to do this during the coming month.

  • Flight prices may rise if you leave it or the dates may not be available
  • We have a small allocation of 20 rooms until June 30th. Your credit/debit card will guarantee your hotel booking but payment is only taken on arrival.
  • Check your passport is valid for the dates of travel. 
  • You are advised to take out travel insurance. This usually covers you for cancellation, accident (medical and hospitalisation), repatriation, and luggage loss. The ABRS, the hotel, organisers or centres cannot cover you for lack of travel insurance cover.
  • Bring your European Health Card.
  • Advise ABRS and Bev Gibbons (Tel: + 351 289 394369    email: when you have your flight and room booked by sending the filled in booking form to both.
  • Contact Hotel Loulé Jardim directly to book your room.  NOT THROUGH THE ABRS  email:
  • Tel: + 351 289 413094/5  Fax: + 351 289 463177 Use Code: Reserva ABRS

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